Antonio Conte praises Oliver Skipp as Tottenham beat Brentford
Tottenham saw off Brentford last night as Antonio Conte continued his good start to life as Spurs manager.
The Italian saw his team break down a resilient Bees side, as an own goal and then a fine effort from Heung-Min Son ensured the north Londoners took all three points.
Conte is slowly learning about his team and what works best. Once again, the former Inter manager went with the midfield pairing of Oliver Skipp and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in the middle of the park.
And following the game, Conte admitted he was impressed with Skipp’s performance once again.
“This player is a very young. He has really a lot of space for improvement. He played with great intensity, great passion, with heart, with soul. I think it was important because, for me, he doesn’t care if he’s only 21-years-old, who deserves to play,” Conte told the Evening Standard.
However, Conte also admitted there is room for improvement in the young midfielder.
“He has to improve with the ball, no? In possession. This player, without the ball, he works very, very hard. To have him in the midfield together with Hobby is very, very important. For sure, the part that he has to improve is with the ball but in one month I have seen a lot of improvement about Skippy. He’s a player who wants to improve,” Conte added.
TBR’s View: Skipp like a new signing for Tottenham
He did well at Norwich City last term, but Oliver Skipp is really stepping up to the plate under the guidance of Conte at Tottenham.
His performances are improving and he has all the building blocks of a midfielder who can have a hugely successful Premier League career. The work rate is there, and as Conte says, it’s just about the other bits now.
Sure enough, Skipp has saves Spurs some money in the market. And that is a boost and bonus for everyone associated with the club.
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